Here's my two sense on parking at Dal:
If you park at the 2 hour free parking on the street, make sure that you do move your car every 2 hours. I have seen the parking enforcement person marking the tires with chalk to see if you moved your car or not, and also, taking down the time they marked your car.
or, you could get a Dal parking pass. I got one and I found it very helpful. I never had to worry about my car and I didn't have to think about moving my car until I was done for the day. If you make it before 7:45AM, you will get a parking spot, but, you might not get a parking spot right next to the law building. I normally get a spot next to the soccer field or on the days I have got late, I would park at the Dalplex or park at a 3 hour meter or 2 hour free parking spot.
Because I had to come in early to get a parking spot, I would study at school in the mornings till my classes stated. Best decision ever! The parking pass is pretty cheap. The reason being that it is not a guaranteed spot. I think the going rate in Halifax for a guaranteed parking spot for a month is about $80-100 (Minimum). For the Dal parking pass, you pay $325 for a year so if you use it for only 8 months, the monthly cost is really $41 per month. You pay the annual parking fee upfront when you order the Dal parking pass.
The Dal parking pass works for the main campus on University avenue as well as the engineering campus close to Spring Garden Rd. So, if you need parking anywhere near Spring Garden Rd, you can park at the engineering campus with your Dal parking pass as well.
So there you have it.. my two sense about parking at Dal.